Polyp

Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire d’une genre de polypes d’eau, (Leiden, 1744)
Author: TREMBLEY, Abraham (1710–1784) Artist: N/A

Trembley discovered the regenerative powers of the polyp. His research was concerned with the little fresh-water polyp, the hydra, an animal of particular importance today because it is one of the standard ”types” used all over the world in teaching elementary biology to students of science and medicine. He was the first person to show that certain animals can be artificiallty multiplied by division and the first to witness cell-division. These are only a few of his contributions to biological knowledge. His book on the fresh-water polyp is one of the most beautifully illustrated scientific books of the 18th century.

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